The rumours look set to be proved true: Guns N’ Roses are reuniting for a 2016 world tour, including a headline performance at Coachella Festival.
Billboard confirms the news from “various inside sources” that the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” rockers will be taking to the stage together once more as frontman Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash put their long feud behind them.
Duff McKagan will pick up the bass guitar again with Matt Sorum stepping in for original drummer Steven Adler. Izzy Stradlin is not thought to be returning.
Best Band Reunions
Best Band Reunions
1/11 The Libertines, 2014
Pete Doherty with Carl Barat at The Libertines' reunion gig in Hyde Park
2/11 Fleetwood Mac, 2013
The Sixties rock band reunited for a world tour in 2013 following rumours that had been circulating since 2008. Christine McVie joined the band on stage for their London shows, and announced in January 2014 that she would rejoin the band for good
3/11 Blur, 2008
The Britpop band announced their reunion in 2008 with a concert in London's Hyde Park. They later went on to headline Glastonbury that summer. Damon Albarn recently released solo material, but said the band will continue together
4/11 Outkast, 2014
The hip hop duo announced they would be headlining Coachella 2014 as part of their comeback to celebrate their 20th anniversary
5/11 S Club 7, 2014
S Club 7 reunited for a Children in Need performance before announcing a 2015 arena tour
6/11 Black Sabbath, 2012
Black Sabbath reunited in 2012 at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, marking the band's first concert together since 2005. Drummer Bill Ward said he would not join the reunion until he was given a 'signable contract'
7/11 My Bloody Valentine, 2008
Irish alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine reunited for a world tour in 2008, over ten years since their split following a successful 20 year career
8/11 Rage Against the Machine, 2007
Rap metal band RATM reunited to headline Coachella in 2007. The reunion was described by guitarist Morello as a vehicle to voice the band's opposition to the 'right wing purgatory' of George W Bush's presidency
9/11 Led Zeppelin, 2007
Led Zeppelin reunited to headline a benefit concert in London's 02 in 2007, marking the band's first full concert since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980
10/11 Pixies, 2004
The alternative rock band reunited ten years after their split to sell-out tours at London's Brixton Academy. The dates became the fastest-selling in the venue's history
11/11 Blink 182, 2009
Four years after announcing their 'indefinite hiatus', the band returned with force. 'To put it simply, we're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album,' they said on their website.
While an official announcement is yet to be made, one is reportedly due “imminently”. UK fans will be hoping to see the group play Glastonbury Festival next summer.
Speculation first began after Guns N’ Roses started selling merchandise featuring their iconic guns-wrapped-in-roses logo, with bandmates separately hinting that they would be keen to reform.
In the last few days, their Facebook page has been updated with a cover photo of a live crowd, their official website shows the logo and a video of “Welcome to the Jungle” playing over clips of dancing crowds has been showing before screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx seemingly confirmed the tour on Twitter last month when he replied to a fan question asking whether the band should reunite with: “They are. Everybody knows.”
Slash recently said that there is no longer any “animosity” between the former bandmates. “Over time we all just got sick and tired of the black cloud,” he told CBS News. “The biggest thing that happens when you have a break-up that is less than harmonious is you build up a bad energy because of the distance. The bad feelings get exaggerated.”
To date, Guns N’Roses have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
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